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Southern Salutes Its Top Stars
BEST ALL-AROUND. Southern Nash High School's recipients as the Best All-Around Award for the 2015-16 school year went to (l to r) Luke Bailey and Sarah Daw. Both will attend North Carolina State University.
Southern Salutes Its Top Stars

STANHOPE -- One of the main objectives of any athletic director on the high school level is to oversee a well-rounded, successful sports program.
That's exactly what Robbie Kennedy has been able to achieve during his long tenure as the AD at Southern Nash -- and the heroics don't seem to be on the verge of stopping soon.
Southern Nash capped off another strong sports year recently with its Spring Awards Ceremony, which featured top Firebirds receiving plaques for their achievements.

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SHARKS SOAR AGAIN
FREESTYLE FRENZY. Nash Rec's Sophia Atkins sprints toward the finish line in the freestyle portion of the IM event as part of last Thursday evening's road league swim meet against Westridge in Rocky Mount.
SHARKS SOAR AGAIN

ROCKY MOUNT -- So far, so good -- and in impressive fashion -- for the always-talented Nash Rec Swim Team.
The Sharks have been a long-standing dynasty in the Nash-Halifax Swim League and are looking to continue their success this summer.
Nash Rec is now 2-0 overall, with both wins coming convincingly, after last Thursday's team road decision at Westridge.
Nash Rec flashed its skill and depth for the second consecutive outing as part of a 467-194 triumph for Coach Wendy Wilson.

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STATE SUCCESS
STATE SUCCESS

NASH COUNTY -- For Greg Clifton, participating in the Powerade North Carolina State Games has become an annual tradition that has now reached its fifth consecutive year.
Clifton, the head baseball coach at Faith Christian School, served as an assistant this time around for the Region 1 Team, which claimed fourth place out of eight squads in the latest installment of the event in mid-June at the USA Baseball Complex in Wake County.

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Birchwood falls at RV

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Birchwood hit the road for the first time this season last Thursday to tangle with Roanoke Valley in Nash-Halifax Swim League action.
Host Roanoke Valley was able to secure a 438-189 decision over the Barracudas at the Roanoke Rapids Aquatic Center.
Birchwood will return home today for a meeting against Westridge out of Rocky Mount.
The meet will begin at 5 p.m. at the BCC Pool in Nashville.

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Faith set to host campers
Faith set to host campers

ROCKY MOUNT -- Faith Christian School will host a pair of Eastern North Carolina Basketball Skills Camps in July.
The ENC Basketball Skill Camp is scheduled for July 11-14 and is geared toward boys and girls in grades 2-9.
The camp will take place from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day and is directed by Nash Central High School boys hoops coach Renny Taylor.
Each camper will receive a T-shirt and basketball.

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Mudcats stopped by Pelicans
Mudcats stopped by Pelicans

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Ian Rice hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth and Jake Stinnett held Carolina to just one unearned run over eight innings as the Myrtle Becach Pelicans defeated the Mudcats 2-1 in the finale of a four game series on Sunday night in the Palmetto State.
Rice's home run in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie and was a two-out, solo shot off Carolina reliever Sean McLaughlin.
The homer was his first with the Pelicans (38-36, 2-2) and one of two hits allowed by McLaughlin (3-3, 1.35) over two innings pitched.

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MORE SWIM STANDOUTS, 1
MORE SWIM STANDOUTS, 1

SUPER SHARKS. Among last Thursday's stars for the Nash Rec Sharks were (above) Marley Winstead.

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MORE SWIM STANDOUTS, 2
MORE SWIM STANDOUTS, 2

SUPER SHARKS. Among last Thursday's stars for the Nash Rec Sharks were (above) Kara King. Nash Rec, which is currently 2-0 overall, will have its home opener today at 5 p.m. against the Roanoke Valley Swim Team in Nashville. (Graphic photos by Geoff Neville)

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McCain, Count Shiloh claim award at event
McCain, Count Shiloh claim award at event

ORKNEY SPRINGS, VA. -- The team of Nash County resident Deck McCain and Count Shiloh, a half-Arabian and half-Quarter Horse, earned the Best Condition Award in their competition of the annual Old Dominion 25-mile Endurance Ride on June 11 in the George Washington Forest, which is located in Virginia.
The Best Condition Award is the result of a veterinary evaluation of the horse's metabolic characteristics (mucus membranes, capillary refill, jugular refill, skin tenting, gut sounds, anal tone, muscle tone, back/withers soreness, galls from saddle equipment, bodily injuries appropriate walk and trot gaits, impulsion and attitude).

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COUNTY LINE RACEWAY RESULTS

ELM CITY -- Listed are last weekend's results from action at County Line Raceway:

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COUNTY REC UPDATE

NASH COUNTY -- Here are updated Nash County Parks & Recreation Department Spring Youth Softball scores from its 2016 spring youth schedule:

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North Carolina Wesleyan brings back lacrosse

ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina Wesleyan College has officially approved the reinstatement of its women's lacrosse program, which will return to varsity competition during the 2017-2018 academic year.
With the addition of its 13th sport, the Department of Athletics has also announced the hiring of Bridget Walker as the Battling Bishops' head lacrosse coach.
Said Walker, "I would like to thank President Clark, Director of Athletics John Thompson, and the athletics staff for this opportunity and for the warm welcome I have received.

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COUNTY SOFTBALL STARS
COUNTY SOFTBALL STARS

NASH COUNTY PARKS AND REC TAR RIVER RIPPERS 7-9 SOFTBALL ALL-STAR TEAM. (In no particular order) Coach Jason Burden, Avery Antill, Kaitlyn Bass, Addison Brumfield, Kailey Burden, Maylee Garner, Emma Grabil, Tynleigh Hinton, Elizabeth Jackson, Gracyn King, Kaylie Love, Dana Webb, Payton Whitley, Jayla Williams and Kaylee Wright.

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COUNTY SOFTBALL STARS, 2
COUNTY SOFTBALL STARS, 2

NASH COUNTY PARKS AND REC 10-12 SOUTHERN STORM SOFTBALL ALL-STARS. (In no particular order) Coach Brian White, Jamie Carter, Maci Worrells, Lydia Wallace, Sarah Wallace, Grace Mims, Olivia Bowling, Reagan Weber, Jenna Weber, Leah Carr, Makayla Gibson, Lilly Boone and Briana White.

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COUNTY SOFTBALL STARS, 3
COUNTY SOFTBALL STARS, 3

GEM OF A SEASON. The Lady Gems were the Nash County Parks and Recreation Department's 13-14 Girls Softball League Champions for the spring youth campaign. Ron Wine served as the head coach for the talented squad. Pictured are (in no particular order) Head Coach Ron Wine, Destiny Cheesman, Maiya Davenport, Makayla James, Harley Lancaster, Ayla Miller, Haley Toler, Kristen Purvis, Alex Cole, Emma Webb, Allison Ngo, Kelsey Calhoun and Grayson Gibson.

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Southern Nash to host hoops camp

STANHOPE -- The annual Southern Nash Ladybird Basketball Camp is scheduled for July 12-14 on the SNHS campus, which is located in Stanhope.
The event is open to girls in grades 4-8 and will be overseen by SNHS head coach Jordan Bass and his Ladybird players.
Cost is $30 per person, which includes a camp T-shirt if pre-registered for the event.
The pre-registration deadlinefor the camp is July 1.

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COUNTY BASEBALL HEROES
COUNTY BASEBALL HEROES

BULLDOGS. The Bulldogs were the co-champions in the Nash County Parks and Rec Department's Tar River 7-8 Coach-Pitch Baseball League. Pictured are, in no particular order, Coach John Gibson, Joseph Gibson, Ayden Phillips, Trey Kowack, Aaron Mowatt, Carson Holloman, Nicolas Groesser, Carter Griffin, Hunter Parker, Jayden Jones and C.J. Rosser.

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SNHS ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
SNHS ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Southern Nash High School's Athletes of the Year for the 2015-16 school season were seniors (l to r) Caitlin Batchelor and Jaquay Mitchell.

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